Tag Archives: history

A route around the vestiges of Barcelona’s history

15 February, 2018 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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What exactly is the graó barceloní? Any megaliths in Barcelona? Any dolmens or menhirs? Anything left of the Rec Comtal waterway, apart from the street name? Any medieval bridges left? Where do some street names come from, like Creu Coberta? What were the barraques in Av. Paral·lel? What went on there? Why do the Sant Pau, Sant Antoni, Universitat and Sant Pere ring roads surround Ciutat Vella? Where were the … Read more…

A medieval country house which has become a music school

21 July, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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On the way up Passeig de Maragall, in the direction of Horta, just before C/ Lisboa there is an imposing country house surrounded by a large garden and a fence consisting of tall cypress bushes and trees. It’s Can Fargues, the property around which the neighbourhood grew and which gave it its name. The building is now the home of the Horta-Guinardó music school. The origins of the masia of … Read more…

Memories of El Born, the first covered market in the city

15 June, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City

These days the market of El Born is best-known because of the remains from 1714, because of culture and the recovery of historical memory, but the site has a long history which is closely tied to providing for the city. For centuries, the site which is now the Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria was where groceries and provisions were sold and in the Middle Ages a market was held … Read more…

Noucentisme in Barcelona

19 April, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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In the early 20th century an important political, social and cultural movement termed noucentisme was formed, gaining momentum at the end of another important movement: modernisme. From the 1960s onwards, modernisme gained more ground and became valued once again, largely due to the architectural work of figures such as Gaudí, Domènech i Muntaner and Puig i Cadafalch. Noucentisme, on the other hand, has still not achieved such popularity. A new … Read more…

Remembering a historical building, now disappeared: the Torre dels Pardals

28 March, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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The city’s architectural heritage has changed over time. Buildings which were once undervalued have gone on to be considered heritage, as in the case of La Pedreda. Others, which nowadays would be preserved, disappeared in the Francoist era due to the growth of the city and property speculation. One of those buildings, now gone, was the Torre dels Pardals in the Guinardó neighbourhood. The Barcelona plain was home to various … Read more…